Alternative Decisions in Ontario's Government

by Andrew1262 on November 26, 2016 - 4:44pm

The concept of alternative energy has been growing in discussion over the last few years, and has given concern to many modern energy use concerns and how they link to other issues such as climate change. The topic has created a separation of many manager opinions regarding the use of energy, and this is especially so with Ontario. In recent years Ontario has cooperated with the fight against climate change with the construction of numerous wind farms and solar energy panels throughout Ontario. This practices have achieved results as the last coal plant was closed 2014 according to Chiarelli (2013). The article I chose however has documented a recent issue regarding the cancellation of further construction of renewable energy sources in Ontario. This article raises many questions and discussion regarding the use of energy as well as hour certain actors in management have impacted the situation.

            The article outlines a recent decision in the fall of 2016 in which Kathlene Wynne’s government cancelled plans of future development of renewable energy sources in Ontario. This decision would supposedly lower consumer taxes and bills while supporting continued reliance on Nuclear energy. This has been regarded as a questionable decision and many made claims against it, stating that energy prices will rise regardless. Overall it has raised discussion on the subject of alternative energy. The situation appears to be a conflict of interest for the people, however the argument against such a decisions is also quite clear. Stopping renewable production of energy is likely to have consequential effects on the environment and limit future possibilities of alternative energy. The article refers to it as a “short sighted” decision as we cannot rely on nuclear energy indefinitely.

            One of the major issues here relates back to Canada being classified as a staple economy, meaning we still have a great dependence on raw resources and thus our economy has been shaped on that basis. In this case, our economy has depended on the use of nuclear and fossil fuel energy as they may save on money for the government. It is important to note however that we should be dedicating these savings toward more productive renewable energy projects such as wind farms in order to help remove the staple situation of Canada’s energy economy. While most of the actors in the decision involved the majority government, many others have provided their opinions on the matter. It is important to understand that citizens have some power in Canada’s energy economy in how they use it, but major decisions such as these arguably have a greater impact on the environment. Canada has a growing economy and thus has been in a position that would allow for more renewable energy to be produced, and this concept should not be ruled out completely in such a manner. It is important that managers consider the benefits and costs of these decisions from multiple perspectives in order to improve decision making. Hopefully the government is able to develop a new solution which can improve Canada’s alternative energy situation.   

 

The article: https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2016/09/27/ontario-liberals-scrap-plans-for-38-billion-in-renewable-energy-projects.html

Comments

Hey Andrew!

Thanks so much for your post. I think you did a great job in addressing a pressing issue for Canadian's, being the reliance on the non-renewable energy source of fossil fuels as a means of government revenue and energy production. It is without a doubt that Canada is currently extracting oil from tar sands and other forms of oil reserves in Western Canada and will continue to for some time, based on the contracts that have been established with China. However, I do think in spite of this we are doing a good job or reducing our ecological footprint in smaller sections of Canada.

For instance, Ontario has pledged to shut down all of the Nuclear power plants in the next 20 years. Even though Wynne has invested billions of dollars into the refurbishment of our Nuclear power plants, it is a step in the right direction that we have a set timeline for closure.

Canada is a great country, and even though our government doesn't make the best decisions 100% of the time, I think it is important to acknowledge that we need to make deals for our resources in order to establish some sort of presence in the international economy. Look on the bright side :)

Thanks again,

Davis